John Coltrane
Tenor Sax Solo on
A Love Supreme, Part 4: Psalm

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Coltrane has written that this piece is a musical recitation of a prayer by horn. The prayer, a poem, is entitled "A Love Supreme" and is included in the album. The sax solo has the same number of syllables as the poem, up to the word “Amen” (which is given three syllables). Every time the poem says “Thank you God,”, Coltrane plays the “Thank you God” motif.
John Coltrane was 37 to 38 years old at the time.

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John Coltrane

Tenor Sax

Album icon Album

A Love Supreme

John Coltrane

Released 1965

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Part 4 - Psalm

John Coltrane

Recorded 1964

Music notes icon Tune

C minor

Concert Key

D minor

Tenor Sax Key

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Form

4/4

Meter

7m 2s

Duration

-

Choruses

59 bpm

Tempo

Ballad

Feel


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